Pets require time, attention, and as safe and comfortable of a home as we do. Unfortunately, animals are commonly an afterthought for people who are building, buying and remodeling homes. We must start thinking of pets as important beings and attending to their particular needs, rather than viewing them as possessions, or even disposable.
Taking care of an animal is no easy task. They need shelter, water, shade, daylight, good air circulation, non-irritating surfaces, fully fenced areas and spaces to play. There are many simple DIY tips that’ll turn your home into a pet-friendly environment. All it takes is the knowledge and a desire to want to make your living space better for you and your pet
I’m guessing one of the first questions that pops into your head relates to flooring. You have to weigh many aspects including style, comfort and durability, that it becomes difficult to choose a best fit for you and your pet. See below for the best and worst home flooring options for animals.
Best Flooring Options
- Hard Surface Floors: Bare doesnt have to be boring. Painted concrete is lovely and durable, as are terrazzo and brick.
- Bamboo: An excellent choice for homes with pets. Bamboo won’t wear out. It’s hard and stands up to traffic (which means less repairs). It’s also renewable (green) and stain resistant.
- Stone: This floor is wonderful for pet owners because it doesn’t scratch and will hold up against accidents. Take note that it’s a hard material and can be cold and uncomfortable for pets to sit on.
- Tile: Specifically ceramic tile is the best flooring for pets because it’s easy to clean and resistant to stains. It’s good for wear and tear and won’t scratch. If your pet has an accident, it won’t damage the condition of the floor. The surface is hard and uncomfortable for pets to lie on, but rugs will help. Tile is toenail-proof, it makes a room look sleek and elegant and gives animals a cool place to nap in the hotter months.
- New Luxury Vinyl: It’s even better than vinyl because of its added thickness. There’s a lot more give and it’s quite comfortable to walk on.
Most Challenging Flooring Options
- Hardwood: Although many homeowners prefer hardwood, it can stain and long nails will scratch the floors. Be especially careful of the area near the water bowl and be sure to clean up any spills immediately.
- Laminate: This material is slippery and can be hard for pets to walk on.
- Carpet: This is likely the worst flooring choice you can make for your pet. Carpet absorbs odors, traps pet hair and soaks up inevitable pet-related stains like a sponge
Selecting Optimal Furniture
This is another category pet owner’s worry about for many important reasons. Furniture is not only expensive, but it gets seen and used daily. Being selective in the beginning of your furniture hunt (or when you’re replacing it) could save you a lot of stress and money down the road. See a few optimal furniture materials below so you’re left with no rips or regrets.
- Crypton: This is a nearly indestructible, synthetic fabric thats resistant to stains, smells, bacteria and muddy paws. Sounds amazing!
- Leather: You may be thinking, what? But it’s a good choice because it’s easy to clean and durable. If you’re really concerned about the material, but like the look of leather, then opt for pleather.
- Ultrasuede: This is a machine-washable microfiber that feels as smooth and seductive as real suede. It’s resistant to stains and discoloration and can be machine washed and dry-cleaned.
If nothing else, try and match the colors of your furniture to your pets’ fur. The hair they leave behind wont be as visible and it’s less of a mess for you to look at all day